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Drab and Dark Days


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Haven’t we seen enough of this gloomy winter?

Haven’t we suffered enough for one season?

As we indulge the freezing temps, snow and ice in many parts of America we dream of the flowers blooming in spring and warm sunny days of summer.

WAKE UP! (we aren’t there yet)

Do we really have anything to complain about? We could have been in Australia sweating in miserably record heat during their summer.

Our dampened spirits are locked away in “cabin fever.”

Our cramped legs imagine the first walk down a sun filled street.

The bears have nothing on us humans this winter. Hibernating has made its rounds.

The weather isn’t always the reason for drab and dark days. It could be a life on the rocks of illness.
A family torn apart by divorce or the financial strain of months of no employment.

The list of “winter blues” is too long to mention.Winter Weather Georgia

So what do we make of this murky shadow from “Punxsutawney Phil?”

6 more dreadful weeks of looking at your family too much?

6 more weeks of begging the forecasters to have something better to say?

Or….6 more weeks to learn about the drowning man who is so thankful for that life jacket he was given?

What about the homeless man on the street who received a free blanket and a “suspended coffee” to keep him warm with a job offer included?

And what about our military deployed in Afghanistan who is thrilled to get that letter from home he so desperately wanted?

Seasons don’t make the difference in dark or sunny days. I know that all too well.

It is the lessons learned, the heightened gratefulness and gratitude for finding the Savior in the midst of trials too difficult to even talk about.

It is understanding the drab and dark days will eventually become sunny again with white clouds floating through the sky.

It is knowing the God of the universe has used the dark days to make us aware of “how good we got it.”

Call it training; or “boot camp” for becoming a true disciple of Jesus.

The sorrow, horror and loss of his death brought unthinkable agony before his chosen few realized on the 3rd day he literally changed the world.

We must look beyond the wretchedness of the grave.

You won’t see a groundhog’s shadow, but the silhouette of the “Almighty God” spreading his love, joy and peace throughout the drab and dark days of winter. (Psalm 91:1)

And what did God say on the first day? (Genesis 1)

“And let there be light.”

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Getting to the Heart of God


“If you build it, he will come.”

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,
plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

This signature phrase is appropriate for the beginning of a relationship with God.

After daily confession and examination, freedom to seek the Creator
is the privilege and humbling honor he bestows upon his followers.

Secular society has painted him as a large, mean adorned King ready to pour his wrath
upon this little world of his. Well, don’t wake me up.

He waits for an invitation. Unadorned in a dirty cloak and sandals;
he could care less if the attire is a 3 piece suit or blue jeans.

It is a “come as you are” appointment.lets do coffee

“Coffee and Conversation” is his pursuit.

Give him your heart of pain and he will replace it with his presence.

Place him first in your life and he will give you his “Field of Dreams.”

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The Light that Waits


Graduating anything takes work, time and sacrifice.  Most of the time, the diploma received makes it all well worth it in the end. Forget the misery, sleepless nights of study and coffee breaks full of caffeine induced moments. Once it is over, looking back we wonder “how did we do that?”sleep coffee

Levels of growth are not always within the pages of Shakespeare or Chemical equations. After class or graduation, the hard work begins. And we thought it was difficult staying awake to read Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Matryona’s Place.

So it is with learning the ropes of how the world works or making the list of the “survival of the fittest.”

That phrase really doesn’t apply to Biblically speaking formulas. No one is prepared much less able to live one day without God’s intervention. Many believe life is one big cliff waiting to happen or the step-ladder to fame and fortune is not far off.

Either way is a misconception of what God intended.

We tend to believe on the road to life after dissecting innocent frogs in Biology lab or Sweetheart Dances, bumps, potholes and major interruptions to our plans hit from all sides won’t happen to us. But, they do. Memories of those sleepless nights of reading boring Russian authors all of a sudden don’t seem so dull.

Unfortunately it may take years of alternate testing and problematic intrusions before we understand the Creator has been waiting to supernaturally intervene in those hard places. Had we done so early on the rest of the journey may have turned out completely different.  The brutality of life blocks the view that any remote thought of joy or peace even exists.

After so many blows we yearn for answers to stop the beatings. Knowing who to run to for help is an answer in itself, but getting to know him personally is the height of harmony.

Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Reaching for his presence, reading his word and speaking to him as you would your best friend opens the door to entering into his Holy Place. It is there the mysteries of God reveal themselves. It is in that holiness miracles occur, visions appear and prayers are answered before our very eyes.

As much as we may want out of our dire straits, God has waited since the beginning of time for that moment when we seek him for the first time.  We were born for his company; to enter into a union of perfect love from him that allows us to begin to discover his character and nature.

Hearing over and over that “Jesus is the answer” doesn’t make any sense when there is no relationship with him.  Finding that out can be done by the saint or desperate non-believer who extends to God their hands for a heart to heart makeover.

John 8:12 “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

As he answers the calls he places the “Lampstand of Light” before us so that we might see his spirit upon our soul.  You might say it is “bonding” with “Abba” or the Father of us all.

Freedom comes from repentance bringing with it a purification of our guilt and shame. Once our conscience is clear, he begins a process of giving us revelation which is…

Jesus Christ resurrected; the Light of the World shed for us to shine for others.

 

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Don’t have a backdoor? Ya might want to get one


Wouldn’t it be nice if what we need to know was always laid out in front of us? Splashed on the local billboard, or sent via text or email?

The “writing on the wall” is a great idea but only if it reads good news.

Bad news is easy; just turn on the TV. Check the internet. Log in to your social network and you’ll find the latest in gossip, violence and crime centrally located so you can’t miss it.

So, where’s the good news? In the print so small it can only be read with a magnifying glass.

Ephesians 2:8 “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.”

Good news doesn’t get attention like bad news. Ratings are lost covering the truth. Media prefers ratings over encouragement and hope.

Why promote anything good? The world is a chaotic mess. Listening to the majority of people you would get the idea God either doesn’t exist anymore or left.

The reason many believe God left and hasn’t returned is they see no evidence of him; he is nowhere to be found.

That depends on what you are looking at, reading or listening to. It may also depend on which doors you open.

By that I am convinced God enjoys quiet arrivals through unlikely entrances.back-door-3

He was born in a manger surrounded by farm animals, not a palace.

He worked as a carpenter and was known as Mary and Joseph’s boy.

He walked on foot during his ministry wearing a cloak and sandals, not fancy robes and handmade shoes.

Forget the gold and silver placed on many heads of Kings, his Crown of Thorns was used as a mockery of the position he claimed.

The questions remains for many “Why did God do it this way? Why wasn’t Jesus born the King of Kings in a palace made for royalty? Why is God so mysterious? Why can’t he call me and tell me what he wants?”

If we knew the answers to those questions, he might not be God.

And maybe God didn’t want to do it that way.

Maybe God is smarter than all of us; put together.

My theory is God prefers to walk in the back doors of our lives; quietly, gently and mostly when invited.  He shows up frequently when we are alone and desperate.  He speaks for the most part peacefully and calmly. In reality, his word sheds his genuine spirit and character allowing the reader to get to know him in a personal manner. His wisdom, knowledge and understanding are packaged waiting to be unwrapped by anyone who seeks to learn what many have no idea even exists.

If you are waiting for God to knock on your front door, your wait may be long.

IF you seek his presence on a regular basis, leave the back door opened.

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What if?


For Christians “what if” is not a substantial point of grace. So, “what if” we pretend to play “what if?”

“What if” our nation had a change of heart?heart

“What if” we had a different President?

“What if” we had warm, balmy weather year round?

“What if” we all won the lottery?

“What if” the prophets who have prophesied the future were correct?

“What if” the Holy Spirit touched the heart of our President?

“What if” the church began preaching what God meant for it to preach?

“What if” we changed our unbelief to belief?

“What if” all our prayers were answered immediately and accurately?

“What if” we woke up one morning and there was no coffee to drink?

“What if” the liberal lefties decided they had been wrong all along?broken  coffee

“What if” we could change one thing in the world, what would you choose?

If you’re like me, the most important “what if” on this list is waking up without coffee.

Maybe that explains a lot. We trudge through our days as if that boost of java didn’t do its job.

Seriously, “what if” some of these “what ifs” actually weren’t “what ifs?”

Now is the time to believe.

Believe that you wake up to the aroma of Peppermint Mocha coffee brewing waiting just for you.

Believe your lottery winnings are the abundance of God’s provisions he promises us.

Believe the weather is a tropical island.

Believe the prophecies the prophets have given.

Believe the President has a life-changing conversion so obvious he only hears God’s voice.

Believe his change of heart is so real shocking the liberals into reality.

Believe he unifies this nation as God intended.

Believe he chooses to do the will of God only.

Believe God is in the business of doing the impossible.

“What if” these weren’t “what ifs?”whatif121

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/the-logic-for-god/

http://faith1stministries.com/2012/12/30/being-determined/

http://vineoflife.net/2012/12/30/trials-and-tribulation-comes-in-many-forms/

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Black Friday is a Cup of Coffee in my Swivel Chair


Sorry, but the Black Friday shopper is not me. Statistics reveal online shopping is up 18% this year. Why would anyone in their right mind choose to sleep out in the cold and get run over by flocks of early morning risers with bad attitudes?

Oh. That’s right. America isn’t in its right mind.

We are interested in beating the crowd with the best deal.

What’s the point in Thanksgiving Day? Why bother?

Newspapers and Media swamp us with ads to buy the latest ipad, cologne or trinket before we carve the turkey.

I remember when stores were closed Thanksgiving Day.

I remember when Black Friday didn’t exist.

So what happened? The love of money took over.

1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

The link below is a short article about a man who took his girlfriend’s son with him for Black Friday shopping. He found what he was looking for but forgot the kid.

http://www.rr.com/news/topic/article/rr/1110/78042029/Cops_Mass_bargain_hunter_took_home_TV_left_tot

Is it me or are we fading into a sinkhole of materialism? I refuse to be a “material girl.”

While stores ravage us as early as possible for any kind of holiday spread, we fall for the atmosphere of wanting the most up-to-date technology, car or jeans.

Who cares about the brand new Lexus Joe and Betty down the street just bought. Of course! How foolish of me. They are up to their neck in debt.

It grates at my nerves the number of people living beyond their means and then they have the audacity to complain about what they don’t have.

Get a budget. Live within the budget. Stop complaining.

The Hostess company has filed to liquidate after mediation failed with the union. No problem screams the protesters! We will get a job with the new owners……duh…..

Really? Before you greedily walked out and forced an 82 year old American dream to shut down did you think about that? Why should anyone hire you? You are a “protesting risk” now.

Funny how our reputations follow us around.

http://www.rethinkchurch.org

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/23/walmart-calls-black-friday-success-despite-protests-about-worker-conditions/

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/11/22/should-retail-stores-open-on-thanksgiving-day/

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Coffee and A Brood of Vipers


Sitting in my swivel chair this morning with a cup of coffee with Amaretto creamer I opened my Bible to Proverbs. Specifically Proverbs 2: 12, Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse.”

Ok,  God. Then he told me to look over at Proverbs 4:24 Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.”

God spoke again, “ Blog for today; tell people to stop cussing.”

Did you get that? Stop cussing. Stop swearing. There, I told you.

Like God, I am troubled at the filthy, nasty words that flow out of people’s mouths.

The vulgarities used today are mindless and in need of a new vocabulary.

For me, I cannot listen to it. The words are disturbing. Cussing is a non-use, an expletive of expletives.

Years ago, being subjected to so many vile, profanities 24/7, broke me of ever spewing such contamination.

Besides the fact God views swearing as corrupt, the sound is demeaning, belittling and intrusive.

Exodus 20:7“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain.”

If God views cussing as perverse, I think he wants us to recuse ourselves.

What is the point? Why throw such meaningless obscenities around?

Do you feel tough or smarter than those of us who don’t?

Are you creating a stance of “don’t mess with me” attitude?

Are you following the crowd slowly into the lake of fire with your words?

Your English grammar teacher taught you? Sorry. I asked that, not God.  Thought you might want to blame it on some teacher you had years ago who can’t defend themselves.

Swearing/Cussing promotes evil from within. Like the verse,

Matthew 12: 34-35 “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.”

If swearing/cussing flies  from your storage, what else is in there? Ugh..I don’t really want to know.

I have found in conversations with a brood of vipers that eject their unconscionable view of what is in their hearts, as soon as they find out I am a Christian it stops.

Ummmm….wonder what that means?

Maybe they respect my views?

They are embarrassed all of a sudden for their lack of vocabulary?

They spoke out of turn or had an unusual lapse in judgment?

They didn’t realize I was a Christian before the excessive use of 4 letter words escaped them?

So….if any of the above are the case, why do it at all?

OH. I get it. Swearing/Cussing is ok when accompanied by others who apply these non-words themselves but are uncomfortable around those who pursue words of wisdom, knowledge and understanding…..and leave out such filthy language?

Does this mean it is a choice to cuss or not to cuss?

SURE! But you are condemning yourself when you do.

You are choosing to go against God’s word if you do.

You deepen the hole in your heart of delusion if you do.

So God says don’t do it. or stop taking his name in vain.

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/true-christianity/

http://theriverministries.net/2012/04/18/freedom-from-curses/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/04/18/the-worst-illustration-ever-the-christian-horror-story/

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